Tarnished Tiara: The Mysterious Death of an Ingenue

This is a coming of age tale that follows the life of Cece Turner, a girl from Baton Rouge, and her cousin, Liz, who lives in South Carolina, who grow up with a deep bond that continues into their adulthood. There is a particularly vivid story when Liz saves Cece from a snake which seems to solidify Cece’s sense of trust and love for her cousin. Cece, always in awe of Liz, a beauty pageant girl and talented woman all around, cannot believe the tragic arch of her cousin’s life and how things turned the way they do.

This story takes us through different phases and times of these girls’ lives. The author spares no details and builds strong characters available for the reader to form connections with throughout the story. We experience moments that guide and direct their lives. This is a fascinating and original story. The hoarding/animal hoarding aspect was particularly interesting to me. This type of story is so tragic because you see the innocence of a human being and then the arch of their life that does not end well. It is heartbreaking to see how Liz is impacted throughout her life by the way her mother treated her as a child. As a parent this part was particularly intriguing and disturbing to me. It is also interesting to see Cece’s life progress and grow old with her. This is certainly an ambitious story, but I did not feel bogged down with details.

The legal issues around the death of Liz was very interesting. There is so much in this book that seemed like realistic representations that families might experience following a situation like this, including handling the estate and the emotions. I liked the scenes in the courtroom that were so full of passion and tension.

There were times I felt the author could have delved deeper into some of his characters’ motivations and deepest feelings. There was a lot of ground to cover though so it may have been too much to include too many descriptions on that level. All in all, this was an entertaining biopic novel that spanned an entire lifetime and lead the reader through the lives of these two women. There are a few twists in there and the ending leaves an opening for a sequel.

Pages: 264 | ASIN: B07HY7T8RM

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